MidWest Division SCCA Formula B 1973

Porter Brownlee in a Merlyn Mk 21 and James King in a March 73B had the newest equipment in the division, and Brownlee ran out an easy winner as King focused on the Pro series. Carl McIntyre from Colorado is a bit of a mystery in his Lola T240, as is Bill Brown of Memphis who raced a Brabham BT29.

Further back, Bob Schutt was presumably in the same ex-Nick Craw Brabham BT35 he had raced in 1972, and Frank Dickerson and Gerald Hudson still had their antique Brabham BT9 and Lola T60 respectively, but John Bernadine's Brabham is a mystery. Bernadine, from Tulsa, OK, had previously raced a Brabham in FC.

Final standings

1. Porter BrownleeMerlyn [Mk 21]Arkansas42 pts 
2. James KingMarch [73B]S. Illinois27 pts 
3. Carl McIntyreLola [T240]Colorado15 pts 
4. William BrownBrabham [BT29]Mid South11 pts 
5. Bob SchuttBrabham [BT35]St Louis10 pts 
6. John BernadineBrabham [BT29]NEOkla9 pts 
7. Bill BachmanLola [T240]Colorado4 pts 
8. Frank DickersonBrabham [BT9]Wichita4 pts 
9. Gerald E HudsonLola [T60]Wichita4 pts 

The 1973 table, with car types, is augmented with data from Rocky Entriken's regular column in the Salina Journal 31 Oct 1973 p25.

Midwest Division SCCA Nationals in 1973

15 Apr 1973Stuttgart AirportArkansas Region
13 May 1973Mid-America RacewaySt Louis Region
03 Jun 1973Fort SumnerRio Grande Region
17 Jun 1973Hutchinson Naval Air StationWichita Region
01 Jul 1973Ponca CityOklahoma Region
15 Jul 1973Hutchinson Naval Air StationWichita & Nebraska Regions
19 Aug 1973Lake AftonWichita Region
02 Sep 1973Fort SumnerColorado Region
16 Sep 1973Mid-America RacewaySt Louis Region

Midwest Division sources

Race results for Midwest Division Nationals from 1970 to 1978 have been kindly provided by veteran MiDiv historian Rocky Entriken. We also have some background information from Competition Press up to about 1973, when its interest in such events waned considerably, but we know little of the goings-on away from these events and are are keen to acquire or borrow 1960s, 1970s and 1980s copies of SCCA regional publications from this Division. The key ones are:

  • Checkpoint (Kansas City Region)
  • Course Record (Arkansas Region)
  • The Echo (Southern Illinois Region)
  • Exhaust Notes (Nebraska) - full archive available at nrsccahistory.com.
  • Gasket Gazette (Oklahoma Region)
  • Neokla Observer (NE Oklahoma Region), renamed Sports Car Observer in 1980
  • The Offside Undo (Kansas Region)
  • Redline (Colorado Region)
  • Steerin’ Column (Mid-South Region)
  • Wheelspin (St. Louis Region)
  • Witches Wail (Wichita Region)

We are also keen to get scans of entry lists from SCCA Nationals for this division.